Flight planning & control software

eMotion is senseFly’s intuitive ground station software, supplied with every senseFly drone. Use it to plan, simulate, monitor and control your mapping flight.

eMotion 2 is included with the eBee & eBee RTK

01. Plan

Import your background map of choice and draw a rectangle (or create a more complex polygon) over the area you want to map. Then define your required ground resolution and image overlap. eMotion will automatically generate a full flight plan, calculating the eBee’s required altitude and displaying its projected trajectory.

Flying over uneven terrain? Use eMotion's 3D mission planning feature to consider elevation data when setting the altitude of mission waypoints and the resulting flight lines - improving ground resolution and increasing mission safety. You can even check your flight plan in Google Earth, using eMotion's built-in interface.

02. Simulate

eMotion's Simulator mode will help you plan your flight and explore the advanced functions of your senseFly drone.

Simulating your flight helps you understand the position and size of images that will be taken. It also allows you to learn more about advanced functions, such as in-flight waypoint editing and camera control, without putting your drone at risk.

Enter the wind strength and direction, then press Play to 'launch' your drone. You can view all aspects of your flight as the drone flies its mission. You can also use eMotion's Google Earth interface to follow your flight in 3D. Then, if necessary, just update your flight plan and save it for future use.

03. Monitor

Once you have launched your drone, eMotion displays all its flight parameters, battery level and image acquisition progress in real time.

The main Map Area displays the drone's current position, updated live as it executes its flight. A small arrow and info box show the wind speed and direction, as measured by the drone, while the Status Panel that follows the moving drone icon displays its current waypoint status, battery charge, flight time and altitude. All of these data and more are also shown in the Flight Monitoring tab of the sidebar on the right.

In the event of a problem, such as extreme winds or low battery, a warning message instantly appears.

04. Control

Made a mistake with your flight planning? With eMotion you can reconfigure your drone’s flight plan and landing point while in flight. For example, just drag and drop to move the landing location and angle of approach.

The Control Bar at the top of the screen provides further options, such as putting your drone in a Hold position, returning to land, or aborting a landing (should a car stop at or near the landing point for example). Otherwise, your drone will automatically land at its designated landing point when its mission is over.

eMotion 2 is included with the eBee & eBee RTK

"The eBee provides the best overall performance of any UAS system we’ve tried. It can fly at high altitude, behaves reliably in unstable wind conditions, and it doesn’t require extra additional take-off and landing equipment. Its pre-flight software also makes it easy to create your flight plan and its photogrammetry program generates very precise 3D models."

Eric Romersa, Co-Founder
WSdata3D, Chile

Eric Romersa, Co-Founder

"It’s important that UAS products are autonomous and in the case of the eBee this is very true; I found its take-off and landing particularly well thought out. The safety measures embedded in its eMotion software are also smart."

Peter Spruyt, Senior Scientific Officer
Joint Research Centre - European Commission, Netherlands
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Peter Spruyt, Senior Scientific Officer

"We needed a system that would get us GIS-ready 2D and 3D products in a timely manner. The senseFly eBee is just that. With a fully integrated workflow the eBee allows us to focus on making use of the data as opposed to worrying about flight operations and data processing. We have flown the eBee in all types of weather conditions and have been extraordinarily impressed with its reliability."

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, Director
University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Laboratory, United States

Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, Director

"We evaluated the swinglet CAM against the national standards for producing municipal cartography in Portugal. We were impressed with how easy it was to plan and execute the flight. The waypoint flight planning was strictly followed; take-off and landing were both simple and safe. The plane safely returned to the starting point when faced with excessive wind conditions. Our studies also confirmed the positional and thematic accuracy of the post-processing products generated from the flight: True-orthophoto, Digital Elevation Model and stereoscopic models. senseFly always provided good support, replying to all our doubts and questions."

Luís Serra
Msc Geomatic Engineering, Portugal

Luís Serra

eMotion 2 features


  • Intuitive user interface
  • Click and drag to define mission area
  • Polygonal mission areas
  • Automatic 3D flight planning
  • Automatic calculation of flight altitude
  • Flight simulator
  • Google EarthTM visualisation
  • Oblique imagery
  • Automated camera support
  • Custom base maps
  • Import custom elevation data
  • Adapt waypoint positions and actions
  • Directional take-off
  • Independent take-off and landing points
  • Edit mission plans in-flight
  • Save flight plans
  • Customise waypoint transition
  • Download maps for offline use
  • Load mission area from KML


  • Real-time flight status
  • Multiple drone operation
  • One-click emergency manoeuvres
  • Tight integration with the drone
  • Resume incomplete missions
  • Network drone feature
  • Base station integration
  • Switch map source during mission
  • Image footprints
  • Manual photo control
  • Intelligent landing
  • Return to home in case of trouble


  • Integrated data processing
  • Re-use your flight plans
  • Raw image development
  • Launch Pix4Dmapper
  • View trajectory in Google EarthTM
  • Refine drone position


  • Automatic updates
  • Drone firmware management